Robbie Savage: Louis van Gaal is getting an easy ride at Man Utd

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is getting off lightly after a poor start, according to Robbie Savage

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Louis van Gaal is getting an easy ride at Manchester United, according to Robbie Savage.

The Red Devils manager has won just one Premier League game since taking charge of the 20-time English champions in May.

Why are we tap-dancing around Van Gaal when people would have been putting the boot in on Moyes?

Robbie Savage

Van Gaal’s predecessor David Moyes, who was heavily criticised by the fans and media, had more points than the Dutch coach at this stage last season.

And former United youth player Savage feels Van Gaal is getting off easy in comparison to the heat that Moyes felt during his Red Devils reign.

“Louis van Gaal has made a hash of his first six games at Manchester United and he is getting an easy ride,” Savage wrote in his Daily Mirror column.

“If David Moyes had come up with the same results at the start of his short-lived reign at Old Trafford 12 months ago, he would have been fried for breakfast.

“Van Gaal has talked about needing time to establish his philosophy, whether it’s three at the back, a diamond in midfield or whatever.

“But how about a philosophy of keeping the ball out of your own net?

“The way United were taken apart in the last half-hour at Leicester was embarrassing and after spending £150million in the last transfer window, Van Gaal should be able to put out a side who can defend properly.

“After five Premier League games last season, Moyes was two points better off than Van Gaal at the same stage this year – and Moyes’ start included Chelsea at home plus Liverpool and Manchester City away.

“None of Van Gaal’s opening games – Swansea, Burnley, Sunderland, QPR and Leicester – was against a title contender, and yet he’s only got five points to show for them when United should have been looking at 15.

“And he’s been humiliated in the Capital One Cup at MK Dons for good measure.

“So why are we tap-dancing around Van Gaal when people would have been putting the boot in on Moyes?”


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